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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tragedy in Pakistan: a kidnapping

An American Jew working in Pakistan has been kidnapped:
An American Jew was abducted by gunmen who broke into his house in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Saturday, the Associated Press reports.

The US Embassy identified the victim as Warren Weinstein. According to reports Weinstein serves as the Pakistan director for J.E. Austin Associates, a development contractor that works with the aid arm of the American government.

Weinstein's Linked In website profile says he is based in Lahore and has been in Pakistan for seven years. Calls to the company headquarters in Virginia were not immediately answered, but its website describes Weinstein as a development expert with 25 years experience and a Ph.D. in international law and economics.
Tragically, his fate may be sealed, just like Daniel Pearl's own. How is it that nearly a decade after that horror, another man of Jewish background hasn't learned why it's dangerous to go there?
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Most Intelligent Left Intellectual in the Universe Tells Us Why London Riots

I once met the second-smartest man in the world, he sitting next to me on a plane, saying in response to each and every of my most brilliant points about all things of import, "Uh huh." "Yup." "I see." Ha, the man knew that I was right, and he agreed with me on everything, making him the second smartest man on Earth. But now I feel challenged and somewhat insecure. I think I have met the world's smartest guy, one who finds Anthony Burgess interesting to speak with, knowing him in New York, not on some plane somewhere. I'm spooked. It could well be this guy is so smart that he's the premier genius of the whole universe. He seems convinced, and I leave it to you to decide if he's right. Mind, it seems certain he'll tell you if you make the wrong choice.

In response to this, which I thought was clever and insightful, we have the genius.

Gautam Malkani, "Britain burns the colour of A Clockwork Orange," Financial Times.com. August 12, 2011


htuoh | August 13. 9:07am

I am afraid you did not understand the book, nor read any other of Mr. Burgess' work, such as "The Wanting Seed."

I doubt you can be instructed, so I will not bother. Waste of breath calming a reactionary. Ask Obama--now.

For others reading, the main character in Clockwork is only 14, and largely a canvas painted by a cruel, stupid, sadistic and (viz. this exhortation against "those" criminals) authoritarian culture.

Not sadistic? Purple rain, application of homelessness, mass harvesting of pension savings by the rich, etc. Deprivation and infliction are key enjoyments of "nobility" or 'Bushes." A family that, by the way, made their early New England fortunes in the slave trade. Talk about enjoyment of cruelty.

What about those sadistic youth?--I can hear the response now. And I refer to my earlier statement that debate with a reactionary is a waste of breath.

Burgess' desolate point, that. Like the icecaps of intelligence melting, you will not do other than react angrily and feed the sterility coming.

Knew Burgess in New York. Very enjoyable to converse with.


http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8c42acba-c40f-11e0-b302-00144feabdc0.html#comment-1216293

Yeah, the melting icecaps of intelligence feeding the coming sterility and Bush's family getting rich in the 18th Century slave trade. Now, why didn't I think of that?

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Obama's Brownshirts Go Green

The Obama Administration is now recruiting graduate students to agitate for what it calls "environmental justice."

Numerous opportunities are available within EPA for students to gain valuable work experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and the environment. Student internship opportunities are available at EPA's regional offices nationwide through the EJ eco-Ambassador program.

The goal of the internship program is to:

· Provide an opportunity for graduate level students to work collaboratively with EPA offices to support community based programs andincrease [sic] local community's capacity to address environmentalconcerns [sic].

· Facilitate career development opportunities for graduate levelstudents [sic] who have been involved in or have a strong interest inenvironmental [sic] justice.
In the last three years the Obama regime has made its agenda clear: to dramatically increase the cost of energy in order to make "alternative" energy sources viable. This policy serves two purposes. First, it will help line the pockets of favored, Obama "friendly" corporations and others who will receive government welfare (called grants). Second, it will do great harm to the American economy and both lower our standard of living and weaken the nation, which is Obama's mission in life.

The environmental fascism blog is worth looking at in that it inadvertently provides the service of documenting the Obama/left/green war upon the American economy and people.

Yes, the Green Police of brainwashed college students, Green-religious fanatics, mindless nihilists, and race-baiters (visit the above blog) will be arriving in your neighborhood soon if Obama and his EPA have their way.




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The Light That Must Not Fail

Guest Commentary by Edward Cline:

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. (Common English translation)

It was first an epigram written by French novelist, critic, and publisher Alphonse Jean Baptiste Karr in 1849. Now it is regarded as a proverb. It applies to the Islamic nations of Pakistan and Afghanistan (and any other Islamic nation), because nothing there has changed in centuries but the weaponry and technology that Islam could never have created and has certainly appropriated to “defend the faith.” American presence there has had less influence than had the British. The cultures of Pakistan and Afghanistan are still stagnant, obdurately and contentedly imprisoned by a barbaric creed. Those who in those countries raise their hands or their minds against the creed are almost immediately struck down.

Over a century ago Winston Churchill described the problem with Islam, and specifically with Muslims. His first-hand experiences with them in Afghanistan and later in the Sudan are evidence of an uncorrupted epistemology and an uncompromised moral evaluation of them. Not even the most ardent anti-jihadist would portray Muslims in the frank and objective terms that Churchill did. He did not flinch from the evidence of his eyes. He did not search for some “saving grace” in Islam or in a Muslim that would forego a blanket condemnation of Islam

In The River War, his two-volume account of the Sudan Campaign of 1896-1899 – the campaign ending with the battle of Umm Diwaykarat and the demise of the Mahdiyah regime, established in 1885 over the Sudan – he picks up where he left off in The Malakand Field Force:

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.

The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities - but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.*
In those and in subsequent paragraphs there is no hint of a suggestion by Churchill that Islam could be “reformed” or that there are redeeming qualities in the creed which would civilize a Muslim and render him as indistinguishable from and non-threatening as the average Catholic or Presbyterian.

In The Malakand Field Force, published before The River War, Churchill went into damning detail about the Afghan tribesmen and their culture, which have not changed to this day, and never will.

Except at the times of sowing and of harvest, a continual state of feud and strife prevails throughout the land. Tribe wars with tribe. The people of one valley fight with those of the next. To the quarrels of communities are added the combats of individuals. Khan assails khan, each supported by his retainers. Every tribesman has a blood feud with his neighbor. Every man's hand is against the other, and all against the stranger.

Nor are these struggles conducted with the weapons which usually belong to the races of such development. To the ferocity of the Zulu are added the craft of the Redskin and the marksmanship of the Boer. The world is presented with that grim spectacle, "the strength of civilisation without its mercy." At a thousand yards the traveller falls wounded by the well-aimed bullet of a breech-loading rifle. His assailant, approaching, hacks him to death with the ferocity of a South-Sea Islander. The weapons of the nineteenth century are in the hands of the savages of the Stone Age.

Every influence, every motive, that provokes the spirit of murder among men, impels these mountaineers to deeds of treachery and violence. The strong aboriginal propensity to kill, inherit in all human beings, has in these valleys been preserved in unexampled strength and vigor. That religion, which above all others was founded and propagated by the sword -- the tenets and principles of which are instinct with incentives to slaughter and which in three continents has produced fighting breeds of men -- stimulates a wild and merciless fanaticism. The love of plunder, always a characteristic of hill tribes, is fostered by the spectacle of opulence and luxury which, to their eyes, the cities and plains of the south display. A code of honor not less punctilious than that of old Spain, is supported by vendettas as implacable as those of Corsica.

In such a state of society, all property is held directly by main force. Every man is a soldier. Either he is the retainer of some khan -- the man-at-arms of some feudal baron as it were -- or he is a unit in the armed force of his village -- the burgher of mediaeval history. In such surroundings we may without difficulty trace the rise and fall of an ambitious Pathan. At first he toils with zeal and thrift as an agriculturist on that plot of ground which his family have held since they expelled some former owner. He accumulates in secret a sum of money. With this he buys a rifle from some daring thief, who has risked his life to snatch it from a frontier guard-house. He becomes a man to be feared. Then he builds a tower to his house and overawes those around him in the village. Gradually they submit to his authority. He might now rule the village; but he aspires still higher. He persuades or compels his neighbors to join him in an attack on the castle of a local khan. The attack succeeds. The khan flies or is killed; the castle captured. The retainers make terms with the conqueror. The land tenure is feudal. In return for their acres they follow their new chief to war. Were he to treat them worse than the other khans treated their servants, they would sell their strong arms elsewhere. He treats them well. Others resort to him. He buys more rifles. He conquers two or three neighboring khans. He has now become a power.

Many, perhaps all, states have been founded in a similar way, and it is by such steps that civilisation painfully stumbles through her earlier stages. But in these valleys the warlike nature of the people and their hatred of control, arrest the further progress of development. We have watched a man, able, thrifty, brave, fighting his way to power, absorbing, amalgamating, laying the foundations of a more complex and interdependent state of society. He has so far succeeded. But his success is now his ruin. A combination is formed against him. The surrounding chiefs and their adherents are assisted by the village populations. The ambitious Pathan, oppressed by numbers, is destroyed. The victors quarrel over the spoil, and the story closes, as it began, in bloodshed and strife.

The conditions of existence, that have been thus indicated, have naturally led to the dwelling-places of these tribes being fortified. If they are in the valley, they are protected by towers and walls loopholed for musketry. If in the hollows of the hills, they are strong by their natural position. In either case they are guarded by a hardy and martial people, well armed, brave, and trained by constant war.

This state of continual tumult has produced a habit of mind which recks little of injuries, holds life cheap and embarks on war with careless levity, and the tribesmen of the Afghan border afford the spectacle of a people, who fight without passion, and kill one another without loss of temper. Such a disposition, combined with an absolute lack of reverence for all forms of law and authority, and a complete assurance of equality, is the cause of their frequent quarrels with the British power. A trifle rouses their animosity. They make a sudden attack on some frontier post. They are repulsed. From their point of view the incident is closed. There has been a fair fight in which they have had the worst fortune. What puzzles them is that "the Sirkar" should regard so small an affair in a serious light. Thus the Mohmands cross the frontier and the action of Shabkadr is fought. They are surprised and aggrieved that the Government are not content with the victory, but must needs invade their territories, and impose punishment. Or again, the Mamunds, because a village has been burnt, assail the camp of the Second Brigade by night. It is a drawn game. They are astounded that the troops do not take it in good part.

They, when they fight among themselves, bear little malice, and the combatants not infrequently make friends over the corpses of their comrades or suspend operations for a festival or a horse race. At the end of the contest cordial relations are at once re-established. And yet so full of contradictions is their character, that all this is without prejudice to what has been written of their family vendettas and private blood feuds. Their system of ethics, which regards treachery and violence as virtues rather than vices, has produced a code of honor so strange and inconsistent, that it is incomprehensible to a logical mind. I have been told that if a white man could grasp it fully, and were to understand their mental impulses -- if he knew, when it was their honor to stand by him, and when it was their honor to betray him; when they were bound to protect and when to kill him--he might, by judging his times and opportunities, pass safely from one end of the mountains to the other. But a civilised European is as little able to accomplish this, as to appreciate the feelings of those strange creatures, which, when a drop of water is examined under a microscope, are revealed amiably gobbling each other up, and being themselves complacently devoured.

… Truth is unknown among them. A single typical incident displays the standpoint from which they regard an oath. In any dispute about a field boundary, it is customary for both claimants to walk round the boundary he claims, with a Koran in his hand, swearing that all the time he is walking on his own land. To meet the difficulty of a false oath, while he is walking over his neighbor's land, he puts a little dust from his own field into his shoes. As both sides are acquainted with the trick, the dismal farce of swearing is usually soon abandoned, in favor of an appeal to force.

All are held in the grip of miserable superstition. The power of the ziarat, or sacred tomb, is wonderful. [By this, Churchill did not mean “wonderful” as we use the term, but rather that the superstition defied all reason.] Sick children are carried on the backs of buffaloes, sometimes sixty or seventy miles, to be deposited in front of such a shrine, after which they are carried back -- if they survive the journey -- in the same way. It is painful even to think of what the wretched child suffers in being thus jolted over the cattle tracks. But the tribesmen consider the treatment much more efficacious than any infidel prescription. To go to a ziarat and put a stick in the ground is sufficient to ensure the fulfillment of a wish. To sit swinging a stone or colored glass ball, suspended by a string from a tree, and tied there by some fakir, is a sure method of securing a fine male heir. To make a cow give good milk, a little should be plastered on some favorite stone near the tomb of a holy man. These are but a few instances; but they may suffice to reveal a state of mental development at which civilisation hardly knows whether to laugh or weep.

Their superstition exposes them to the rapacity and tyranny of a numerous priesthood -- "Mullahs," "Sahibzadas," "Akhundzadas," "Fakirs," -- and a host of wandering Talib-ul-ilms, who correspond with the theological students in Turkey, and live free at the expense of the people. More than this, they enjoy a sort of "droit du seigneur," and no man's wife or daughter is safe from them. Of some of their manners and morals it is impossible to write [Victorian sensibilities prohibited Churchill from describing these “manners and morals.”]. As Macaulay has said of Wycherley's plays, "they are protected against the critics as a skunk is protected against the hunters." They are "safe, because they are too filthy to handle, and too noisome even to approach."

Yet the life even of these barbarous people is not without moments when the lover of the picturesque might sympathise with their hopes and fears. In the cool of the evening, when the sun has sunk behind the mountains of Afghanistan, and the valleys are filled with a delicious twilight, the elders of the village lead the way to the chenar trees by the water's side, and there, while the men are cleaning their rifles, or smoking their hookas, and the women are making rude ornaments from beads, and cloves, and nuts, the Mullah drones the evening prayer. Few white men have seen, and returned to tell the tale. But we may imagine the conversation passing from the prices of arms and cattle, the prospects of the harvest, or the village gossip, to the great Power, that lies to the southward, and comes nearer year by year. Perhaps some former Sepoy, of Beluchis or Pathans, will recount his adventures in the bazaars of Peshawar, or tell of the white officers he has followed and fought for in the past. He will speak of their careless bravery and their strange sports; of the far-reaching power of the Government, that never forgets to send his pension regularly as the months pass by; and he may even predict to the listening circle the day when their valleys will be involved in the comprehensive grasp of that great machine, and judges, collectors and commissioners shall ride to sessions at Ambeyla, or value the land tax on the soil of Nawagai.

Then the Mullah will raise his voice and remind them of other days when the sons of the prophet drove the infidel from the plains of India, and ruled at Delhi, as wide an Empire as the Kafir holds to-day: when the true religion strode proudly through the earth and scorned to lie hidden and neglected among the hills: when mighty princes ruled in Bagdad, and all men knew that there was one God, and Mahomet was His prophet. And the young men hearing these things will grip their Martinis, and pray to Allah, that one day He will bring some Sahib -- best prize of all -- across their line of sight at seven hundred yards so that, at least, they may strike a blow for insulted and threatened Islam. …**
I excerpted this lengthy quotation from Malakand because it was difficult to select a single sentence or paragraph that would not also illustrate the point that Muslims are still this primitive, not only in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but in any Western country Muslims have emigrated to, and even have been born in as second generation Muslims. On its own terms, as an instance of fine prose writing about Islam, we do not see its like today, and certainly not in the mainstream media. I highlighted Talib-ul-ilms (meaning “students) because the Taliban are still there, still killing our soldiers, still terrorizing other Muslims, still plotting against the “Empire of the Kafir.” Churchill uses a term that is employed today: kafir (unbeliever) by anyone who writes about Islam and has correctly identified the peril. The term is synonymous with “infidel.” Which, for the jihdist, is synonymous with fair game for slaughter, rape, plundering, enslavement, and conquest.

Note also that there is no suggestion of “hate” in Churchill’s description of Islam and the state of Muslims. He may as well have been writing about a nest of termites. He was unable to imagine Muslims valuing the kind of liberty the West takes (or took) for granted, and incapable of projecting a credible Western version of Islam. When the barbarians overran Rome, they didn’t come to introduce new modes of plumbing or life-saving surgery or poetry. And when the Moslems captured Alexandria in Egypt, it wasn’t to browse through what remained of its great library. They burned it.

Would General Petraeus be able to pen an assessment of Islam as honest as Churchill’s? Or Colin Powell? Or any modern military commander assigned to “win the hearts and minds” of Muslim “extremists”? Political correctness, in the context of military operations, governs the “rule of engagement” in any public discussion of Islam, whether it is the violent kind or the stealth kind. All it accomplishes are needless casualties and ultimate defeat, an unconscionable waste of blood and treasure in pursuit of a détente with destruction, in which only the destroyers can triumph.

The first step in defeating an enemy is to acknowledge that it is one. The second step is to not to talk it to death, or engage it in a friendly panel discussion on the meaning of life. Jihadists know this, and act accordingly – bringing down a helicopter full of American soldiers, and winning a foot-bath and prayer room in a Western business or factory. But the West has forgotten the true rules of engagement, preferring to pretend that the enemy would not be an enemy if only we “understood” it and “tolerated” it. Kipling had some advice about indulging in that kind of evasive “tolerance” of an enemy one secretly fears will destroy for the sake of destruction.

To each man is appointed his particular dread – the terror that if he does not fight against it, must cow him even to the loss of his manhood.***
The light that is failing in the West is the knowledge of its own superior, life-affirming and life-sustaining value. Islam is a nihilist ideology that must be fought against with the same dedication one must oppose the ongoing jihad of secular collectivism unleashed against us by the Progressive Marxists in Washington.

Islam will not and cannot change. It can trade filthy robes and sandals for three-piece suits and Rolex watches, and spears and swords for rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikov rifles, but it will remain what it has been for fourteen centuries: a cult of death and degradation.

*Winston Churchill, The River War, Vol. II, pp. 248-50. London: Longmans, Green, 1899.

**Winston Churchill, The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War, pp.6-8. (Originally published by Longmans, Green & Co. 1898.) Text quoted here is from my copy of the Dover 2010 reprint of the Thomas Nelson & Sons edition, 1916 (London).

***Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed, p. 128 (1899). New York: Charles Scribner’s & Sons 1909.

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I like Perry but I don't yet know that I'd want him as the candidate.

It will make things even more interesting, especially if his being chairman of the Gore campaign in Texas in the 1988 primaries comes back at him.

Fox:

Perry Makes It Official: He's Running for President

Texas Gov. Rick Perry tossed his cowboy hat into the ring Saturday, shaking up the GOP race as he puts his undefeated political record on the line in his first presidential rodeo.

"It is time to get America working again and that's why with the support of my family and unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today as a candidate for the president of the United States," he said in a speech at a RedState Gathering of conservative activists in Charleston, South Carolina.

Before the speech, Perry told South Carolina voters on a conference call that he's ready for a showdown with President Obama.

"I full well believe I'm going to win," he said.

Obama's re-election campaign immediately hit back at Perry after his speech in which the Texan ripped the president's economic record.

"Gov. Perry's economic policies are a carbon copy of the economic policies of Washington Republicans," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said, citing Perry's support for "cut cap and balance," tax cuts for all Americans, among other things.

"That's the same approach he took in Texas, where middle class families know his economic record is no miracle - it's a tall tale," he said. "In a Republican field that has already pledged allegiance to the Tea Party and failed to present any plan that will benefit the middle class or create the jobs America needs to win the future, Gov. Perry offers more of the same."

At the same time Perry was rolling out his presidential announcement, his GOP rivals were competing in the Iowa Straw Poll, the first time Republican voters will make their preference known.

Perry's speech was largely a formality, since his top advisers signaled earlier this week he would use the appearance to make his plans official. But his speech threatened to overshadow the Iowa Straw Poll, an important measure of support in the nation's first caucus state, in which former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann hoped to boost their candidacies.

The RedState Gathering in South Carolina, another key early battleground state, was originally expected to draw about 400 people. But Katon Dawson, a former state GOP chairman and Perry supporter, said news of Perry's planned announcement had drawn many more activists to travel to the event.

"I have never seen this landslide of emotion for a candidacy. I cannot literally keep up with the emails and messages coming into my cellphone," Dawson said. "There is an excitement for Gov. Perry that there just isn't around the other candidates."

After South Carolina, Perry was scheduled to travel to New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state, then to visit Iowa Sunday.

Perry, 61, would bring significant strengths to a field whose strongest candidate thus far has been Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor.

Eight contenders met for a nationally televised debate Thursday night: Romney, Pawlenty, Bachmann, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and restaurant magnate Herman Cain.

But so far, none has captured the kind of excitement among conservatives Perry has.

Through three terms as governor, Perry has overseen significant job growth in his state while working to keep taxes low. He was an early backer of the tea party movement and enjoys the support of social conservatives because of his opposition to abortion and gay rights. He is also an evangelical Christian who organized a well-attended prayer rally in his state last week.

Perry is a prodigious fundraiser who has already begun laying the groundwork for a national finance network his supporters say would rival that of President Obama, who is expected to exceed his record-breaking $750 million haul from 2008.

But some Republicans worry that Perry's hard-core conservatism and Texas style may not play well in a 50-state contest, particularly coming so soon after former President George W. Bush's two White House terms. Bush had record low approval ratings when he left office in 2009.

Perry's visit to New Hampshire will be his first of the year and comes soon after a handful of GOP activists in the state went to Texas to encourage him to run. He's expected to meet about 100 activists at a house party hosted by state Rep. Pam Tucker.

Romney has dominated early polling in the Granite State, where he has a summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee and has devoted much of his time so far.

"I don't know how people will take to him," Republican activist Ovide Lamontagne said. "I think he's optimistic he'll be able to build a grass-roots organization fairly quickly. But I don't know what he's like as a candidate on the campaign trail."


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Obama’s Iftar guest list omits controversial attendees

From Will at The Other News:
The White House’s published guest list for this year’s Ramadan Iftar dinner was much shorter than previous years’ roster. It excluded the names of several controversial advocates who have attended the event in the past, including some who The Daily Caller can confirm did attend on Wednesday night.“It was a squeaky clean list,” said Durriya Badani, director of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, an annual event organized by the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center and the Qatari government.

The guests on the published list are “not controversial at all,” said Badani, whose name is on the list the White House provided to reporters.“It was a lot more low-key … It was a more intimate event this year,” said Haris Tarin, the Washington director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, whose invitation was kept off the published list.

I have no idea why they didn’t publish [MPAC’s invite] … I’m going to learn about that a little bit more,” he told The Daily Caller.Mohamed Magid also attended but did not appear on the White House’s publish list. Magid is imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in Northern Virginia and the current president of the Islamic Society of North America.  

Along with MPAC, Magid’s two organizations have drawn criticism from a loose network of online critics who claim they are sympathetic to Islamist groups.

Whether intentional or not, the shorter list limited the risk of a political embarrassment for the White House because it downplayed the attendance of several ideological Islamist groups, including MPAC, said Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, a pro-Western Muslim group.  

But the White House also failed to invite any of the 25 pro-liberty American Muslim groups and individuals in Jasser’s American Islamic Leadership Coalition, he said.

Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the month of Ramadan.The public guest list did include ambassadors from Muslim-majority democratic countries, such as Iraq and Bangladesh, as well as the ambassador of Israel, roughly 20 percent of whose population is Muslim.

Also included were numerous ambassadors from Islamic countries that do not accept democracy or welcome non-Islamic religions. These included Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and both Yemen and Bahrain, whose governments have violently suppressed public demonstrations this year. 

Obama, Jasser complained, “has not been clear on what America stands for, on the freedom agenda in the Middle East, [so] he ends up at an Iftar dinner that panders to ambassadors” who oppose American’s vision of freedom, Jasser said.

The list also excluded a few controversial attendees, such as Tarin from MPAC and Mohamed Magid, who is the imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in Northern Virginia and the current president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).Critics of Tarin’s and Magid’s organizations — including the Investigative Project on Terrorism — use the Internet to publish court records, translate Arab-language media reports, and record information released by Muslim advocacy groups in the United States and overseas.  

For example, court records now available online show that the federal government designated ISNA an unindicted co-conspirator during the 2008 trial of Texas Muslims who smuggled money to the Hamas terror group.
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Phyllis Chesler Taking A Break

Her announcement, which may be of interest to some here (emphases mine):
Going to the Country, Where I'm Gonna Be Resting
A Personal Note to my Readers

by Phyllis Chesler
August 12, 2011


I may not be writing any articles until September because, as of tomorrow, I leave for a vacation. I plan to practice "not working." I may not be capable of this—but if I must, I hope to do my reading and writing outdoors, under the high, blue heavens with a view of a mountain peak or two.

We live in Orwellian and apocalyptic times, My vision, and the themes that I first began writing about in 2001, (anti-Semitism, Islamic gender and religious apartheid, the global demonization of Israel, hate speech=free speech, jihad rising, etc.), have continued to gain momentum.

Others are now saying what only I was saying back in 2001-2004. This is a good thing—except some are vulgar amateurs and hysterics; some mostly crave attention and money. Some are dangerous racists and they come in all colors and faiths and in both genders. Others still have high standards but are now reduced to repeating themselves incessantly, spinning their every wheel. Still others insist on reinventing the wheel. Increasingly, a small cadre of Israel and anti-jihad advocates are brilliant at putting out fires.

But, we are still unable to prevent the fires from breaking out. Except for the failed flotilla and other unknown missions, we pundits have not successfully engaged in large pre-emptive actions. As I said last year, we need the equivalent of a stuxnet virus to deal with the propaganda wars on the internet. We do not have that nor have we breached the walls of the mainstream media. On the contrary. Now Al Jazeera has opened in English on the Time Warner airwaves. I have watched several programs. They were good: interesting, well done. How soon before the filth begins? We shall see. Maybe it won't, maybe their era of Big Lies is finally over.

And then there is the potential Holocaust ever-poised to engulf Israel. Now, the excellent Guilio Meotti has joined me in this "madness." Some Jews and many more Christians have seen this tragic possibility, most have not.

This summer I also published the 25th anniversary edition of "Mothers on Trial. The Battle for Children and Custody" with eight new chapters. It remains a classic work, and I have now brought it into the 21st century. Already, I am overwhelmed by letters from mothers who are undergoing what I call "legal torture" and whose precious children are at serious risk. (Yes, good fathers are also discriminated against by the same system; however, violent husbands and abusive fathers still manage to use the legal system to turn the screws even tighter against their own families).

Thus, my work continues to straddle both sides of the aisle. This should be rewarded. In our world, it is punished and held suspect.

This is also the year in which I had major spinal surgery. It was totally successful, my surgeon is a genius at what he does. Thus, I am no longer in constant agony or extreme pain. This is a great blessing. My recovery will be a long and uphill road but it is one that I am eager to travel.

Enjoy the rest of August. You will be hearing from me upon my return.

All best,

Phyllis

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Administration Raises Threat Level To Orange Out Of An Abundance Of Caution Due To Potential Threat Of Al Qaida Ricin Attack. Political opponents Claim Fear-Mongering To Distract From Other Problems.

Wait. . .

That's how it would have read 3 or 4 years ago.

But now that we have a different political persuasion at 1600 Pennsylvania. . .

For heaven's sake, if "President Obama and his top national security aides were first briefed on the threat last year and have received periodic updates since then" then why wait until now to release the info? Why wait until the U.S. has been downgraded? Why wait until the economy teeters on the edge? Why wait until we have total gridlock and no eladership in D.C.? Why wait until polls show the President and Congress tanking? Why wait until. . .

. . .hmm. . .

. . .especially since this is neither surprising nor news at all to anyone who has bothered to pay any attention to life beyond Chicago Jesus and American Idle

New York Slimes:

Qaeda Trying to Harness Toxin for Bombs, U.S. Officials Fear
By ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER
Published: August 12, 2011

WASHINGTON — American counterterrorism officials are increasingly concerned that the most dangerous regional arm of Al Qaeda is trying to produce the lethal poison ricin, to be packed around small explosives for attacks against the United States.

For more than a year, according to classified intelligence reports, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen has been making efforts to acquire large quantities of castor beans, which are required to produce ricin, a white, powdery toxin that is so deadly that just a speck can kill if it is inhaled or reaches the bloodstream.

Intelligence officials say they have collected evidence that Qaeda operatives are trying to move castor beans and processing agents to a hideaway in Shabwa Province, in one of Yemen’s rugged tribal areas controlled by insurgents. The officials say the evidence points to efforts to secretly concoct batches of the poison, pack them around small explosives, and then try to explode them in contained spaces, like a shopping mall, an airport or a subway station.

President Obama and his top national security aides were first briefed on the threat last year and have received periodic updates since then, top aides said. Senior American officials say there is no indication that a ricin attack is imminent, and some experts say the Qaeda affiliate is still struggling with how to deploy ricin as an effective weapon.

These officials also note that ricin’s utility as a weapon is limited because the substance loses its potency in dry, sunny conditions, and unlike many nerve agents, it is not easily absorbed through the skin. Yemen is a hot, dry country, posing an additional challenge to militants trying to produce ricin there.

But senior American officials say they are tracking the possibility of a threat very closely, given the Yemeni affiliate’s proven ability to devise plots, including some thwarted only at the last minute: a bomb sewn into the underwear of a Nigerian man aboard a commercial jetliner to Detroit in December 2009, and printer cartridges packed with powerful explosives in cargo bound for Chicago 10 months later.

“The potential threat of weapons of mass destruction, likely in a simpler form than what people might imagine but still a form that would have a significant psychological impact, from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, is very, very real,” Michael E. Leiter, who retired recently as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said at a security conference last month. “It’s not hard to develop ricin.”

A range of administration officials have stated that the threat of a major attack from Al Qaeda’s main leadership in Pakistan has waned after Osama bin Laden’s death in May, on top of the Central Intelligence Agency’s increasing drone assaults on Qaeda targets in Pakistan’s tribal areas over the past three years.

But the continuing concern over a ricin plot underscores the menace that regional Qaeda affiliates, especially Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, now pose to the United States and American interests overseas.

“That line of threat has never abated,” said a senior American official, who referred to the terrorist group by its initials. “That’s been taken seriously by this government. What we know about A.Q.A.P. is that they do what they say.”
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Pat Condell on the British Riots

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George Benson
Breezin'


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Jumpin' the Blues

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Voodoo Economics

Is this Cloward-Piven, or what?

MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE USA AND OBAMA: CONSUMER SENTIMENT THE LOWEST IN 31 YEARS

 

WHO SAID THIS: "if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery [IT] could actually lead to a double-dip rec.ession."

OBAMA:

"It is important though to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession."

WITH NEW COAL RULES, OBAMA'S EPA TO DEVASTATE ALREADY WEAK JOB MARKET

OBAMA WANTS TO KILL THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY AND RE-IGNITE INFLATION

 

 

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Knife-carrying Muslim enters New York elementary school, is asked to leave - NOT THE FIRST TIME? 
 
When confronted, according to a source close to the events, he explained that he was lost and was looking for Fort Dix -- the site of an attempted jihad attack in 2008. This report offers scant details, and there are apparently few to be had, but I am sure that Abdulrahim Sulaiman just wanted to help slash open the piñata at the school party, or perhaps help cut the lunchmeat at Fort Dix.
"Trespasser carried knife into Tappan Zee Elementary, police say," by Alex Taylor for LoHud.com,
 
Appears this next story is about the same fella.  In 2010 Abdulrahim Sulaiman (23 from Bridgeport, Ct) . . .age appropriate, and from same location and similar m.o. . . .carried a 'gravity knife' to the elementary school.. ..this time he used used a knife to harm a delivery person.
 
  What is Abdulrahim Sulaiman's immigration status? Where does he attend religious services? Is he employed? Where? Is he a student? If a student,where? What brought him to this location? On what assumption did the authorities think this individual was acting alone?
So many questions.
Islamophobia, right? It's interesting how quick we rush to judgement.
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Algeria: A Ramadan of rare violence

(FDesouche). Police first count for the first week of Ramadan Algerian version: 2000 riots in which 100 were injured, four dead and fifty car accidents that killed 19 people.Attempted explanations: cultural violence, poverty, crime and drugs.Fasting, abstinence, causes serious problems.

Dehydration and heat cause delusions, lack of coffee and tobacco make nervous, lack of cannabis as well, to much more serious stage, withdrawal of psychotropic drugs to addicts chemicals. Algeria is among the largest consumers of the world (29 tonnes against 40 tonnes of cannabis) that fuel a thriving informal market.

This is where the violence comes into play: these are addictive neurotoxic molecules very strong, pain, seizures, severe mental illness.Apart from its high consumption of psychotropic drugs, there is a typically Algerian violence.For historical reasons, or ideological. That's it? No, of course, Algeria has hunger for all, and also money.

The soaring food prices during Ramadan. It is during this period that the poor are counted, the number food baskets provided by the Ministry of Solidarity. If in 2010, one million baskets were distributed to families (6 million people), 1 million and a half baskets of basic necessities were provided this year, 9 million poor.

This explains it a little, misery ahead with the crime, the statistics of the security services account for more than 50% of the criminals that plague the capital are part of the dormant company. In Algiers, the days are difficult, both by fasting, by the presence of idle young offenders, beset by shortages of all kinds.

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Tariq Ramadan caught on tape calling for the colonisation of America

The Snake is Subtle

Tariq Ramadan is very subtle about it, but let's not mince words. When the Grandson of Muslim Brotherhood Founder Hassan al-Banna, calls for America to be "reformed", he is calling for a Sharia state.

That he is able to couch such outright Sedition in such diplomatic language only makes this man more dangerous.



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We should all be careful not to be colonized by something which is coming from this consumerist society…
03:37
It should be us, with our understanding of Islam, our principles, colonizing positively the United States of America.
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But let me tell you something. On the long run, I’m quite optimistic. I think that Inshallah (inaudible word) our future in the West is going to be a bright future, to be positive.
04:52
By the way, we are not here by accident. We are not here by accident.
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We are learning how to be a Muslim. It’s difficult, it’s a challenge, it’s a jihad…
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On the long run, we also have to think about our contribution. We should be a gift to the United States of America. We should be a gift to the West.
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We don’t want the West to be destructed. What we want is the West to be reformed.
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U.S. Day of Rage’ Being Orchestrated for ‘Worldwide Democracy’ (think pseudoanarchist, neo-Marxist, globalist) 
We thought this would be happening, now didn’t we.A movement is suddenly springing up from nowhere (ah-huh) to take on the free enterprise, “capitalist” system. In America, they are especially targeting Wall Street, a place still somewhat constitutionally sovereign to the U.S.A. and not thoroughly controlled yet by authoritarian global collectivism. 
That is a Wall Street which has already been damaged by the Cloward-Piven orchestrated mortgage meltdown and stemming from that was assailed by the protorevolutionary Obama-Peloisi-Reid government, which brought boa constrictor regulation — by “reform” with loopholes wide enough to fit Brinks trucks for large and coordinated hedge fund manipulators, and which shielded a Securities and Exchange Commission gone dark from the kinds of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiries that uncovered Bernie Madoff. Cloward-Piven government, indeed. 
A “U.S. Day of Rage” is scheduled to start an “Occupy Wall Street” camp-out on “17/9/2011″ (which would denote orchestration by those who use the British means of writing dates). And as with the “Arab Spring,” much of the organizing is being done through social media, especially super-popular Facebook and Twitter. 
Immediately upon clicking links, one finds it to be the America-targeting element of a worldwide movement, especially popular by the looks of it, in Old Europe. Again, that is no surprise to those who have looked into the updated mode of Marxist revolution stemming from the Gramsci and Trotsky schools and historically, even the days before Marx and Engels. Revolutionary proponents likes to hide behind the non-American ideal of democracy (as in permanent rule of the proletariat majority, forget about a republic) along with nebulous and mysterious anarchistic labelling. 
The term “Day(s) of Rage” is the product of Chicago’s Weathermen, led by Obama workmate Bill Ayers and cohabitants.This Day of Rage speaks of non-violence, yet plays up the violent terrorism of the current rioting proceeding in Great Britain. 
The left going for no elections needed?Protect dear leader at all costs? 
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September 17th happens to be Constitution Day.

Considering "O" did campaign in '08 on a platform of "Change" . Should we expect any less given this current occupant of the oval office also stated that the American Constitution is fundamentally flawed to this day?  
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Simply hilarious

Following the news of Sony's politicizing the project about the raid on bin Laden's hideout, rabid leftist Andrew Belonsky has done some politicizing of his own. He said that:
Now Peter King, the Republican congressman who held one-sided, fear-mongering hearings on Muslim radicalization, has demanded the Defense Department and the CIA launch an investigation.
Oh god, is this silly. Of course King did conduct one-sided hearings, but he was only willing to bring in specific witnesses who met his PC-approach, such as Muslims themselves, and Keith Ellison sure wasn't honest nor very grown up about it. But that's not what the sick Belonsky means, is it? No, what he must have a problem with is that King would hold them at all.
As for Bigelow and Boal, they released their own statement to point out that their movie “has been in the works for many years and integrates the collective efforts of three administrations, including those of Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.”
Umm, there's just one thing: bin Laden only died recently, and this project appears to have been chalked up just shortly after. And even if the White House did provide cooperation when Dubya was pres, for info that the screenplay could draw ideas from, there's little chance it'd ever be made as part of an election campaign.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out — whether King will lose interest and give up his clearly politicized fight, or whether other right-wingers will join up, turning the big screen bin Laden tale into this year’s ‘Hillary: The Movie,’ the documentary that helped spark the Supreme Court’s ‘Citizens United’ ruling.
And it'll be interesting to see how much longer young master Belonsky wishes to keep up his anti-conservative rants for sake of anti-conservative rants. He's only making pure comedy out of himself. I really am not impressed with King, but for reasons far different: because King is sadly rather PC.

Update: Lionel Chetwynd has spoken about this topic, and he tells something very eyebrow raising about Bigelow's previous film too:
Which brings us to the Bigelow-Boal film The Hurt Locker. According to knowledgable sources in the American military, during the filming of The Hurt Locker Ms. Bigelow violated her agreement with the Pentagon, amongst other things using an American military vehicle to enter a Palestinian area to film a demonstration. Scenes were added but kept from the Pentagon, depicting U.S. personnel abusing detainees.
After reading this, maybe I'm glad I don't have sufficient interest in movies these days to gather up the guts to see even this one. Because it kowtowed to "appeasement tactics".
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“There were three things to do in Paint Creek: school, church, and Boy Scouts”


Rick Perry on growing up in Paint Creek, Texas.

Smile when you say that, pard.

I have no idea who I prefer, but I have a feeling this guy is going to drive the right people KURAYZEEE

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The deficit, the debt ALL OF IT, are related to loss of the job making machine,,, NEXT: Moody's-Student Loans-The Next Financial Bubble To Burst

Record borrowing by college students who are graduating without jobs could lead to major problems in the nation’s economy, according to a recent report by Moody’s Analytics.

“The long-run outlook for student lending and borrowers remains worrisome,” concluded the report, which came out in July.

“Unlike other segments of the consumer credit economy, student loans have not demonstrated much improvement in performance despite some improvement in the broader economy. … [T]here is increasing concern that many students may be getting their loans for the wrong reasons, or that borrowers — and lenders — have unrealistic


If we do NOT identify the right moves to enhance employment, FIX Free Trade to be FAIR to all workers, and remove the govt burden from those who create employment to the maximum extent possible, there WILL BE INEVITABLY, people in the streets.

in addition to college enrollment tripling over the past four decades, “demand [for student loans] is driven by the cost of education, which has grown at an extraordinary rate over the past three decades.” Based on Consumer Price Index data, the cost of tuition and fees has more than doubled since 2000, and has outpaced inflation across all goods, health care, housing and energy.

The student loan debt load now outpaces credit card debt,

“Fears of a bubble in educational spending are not without merit,” the Moody’s report said.

For-profit schools, which have much lower graduation rates than traditional colleges, have also grown rapidly.

Youth unemployment among those under the age of 24 has been much higher than the rest of the workforce — creating an even more pessimistic outlook for student loan repayment. In the U.S., it was over 15 percent for the first quarter of 2011, and is similarly problematic around the world.

The 2008 financial crisis was brought about by a few incremental points in unemployment, which cascaded to a few incremental points in late mortgage payments.

If student debt outpaces credit card debt in the USA, what is lurking out there as a result of the evisceration of the American job making machine.

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Obama Throws All Of Congress Under The Bus

The Hill:

Obama: ‘Last thing we need’ is for Congress to return to DC
By Sam Youngman - 08/11/11 03:15 PM ET

President Obama blasted Congress from the road on Thursday, saying things would be worse if lawmakers returned to Washington.

“There is nothing wrong with our country,” Obama said in a speech at a Holland, Mich. plant. “There is something wrong with our politics.”

Obama rolled out what sounded like a new campaign theme Thursday that makes Washington gridlock his foil and the obstacle to increased economic recovery.

Obama criticized and mocked Congress's months-long fight over a deal to raise the debt ceiling and reduce deficits, and said he would not heed suggestions to call Congress back to Washington during the August recess.

“The last thing we need is Congress spending more time arguing in D.C.,” Obama, grasping for an aggressive message amid economic turmoil, said to applause from the crowd.

“What I figure is they need to spend more time out here listening to you and hearing how fed up you are. That's why I'm here.”

In raking Congress over the coals, Obama, with his sleeves rolled up, tried to get in front of near universal disgust with Washington politics that has peaked since the debt ceiling agreement.

While Obama’s own poll numbers have faltered, Congress has hit all-time lows with the public.

A new poll by The Washington Post published Thursday showed that almost 75 percent of Americans “have little or no confidence in Washington to repair the economy.”

Eight of 10 respondents said that they are “dissatisfied with the way the political system is working, up dramatically from late 2009,” according to The Post poll.

A Gallup poll this week found just 24 percent of Americans said most members of Congress deserve reelection, the lowest total ever recorded by Gallup. 


The president, who made his appearance on the same day a crowd of Republicans hoping to replace him attended the Iowa State Fair and prepared for their Thursday night debate, is not immune from that disdain for Washington, however.

The Washington Post poll showed that only 33 percent of respondents are confident that Obama will make the right decisions on the economy.

In Michigan, Obama did not single out Republicans or Democrats, but blasted Congress for what he said had been “the worst part of partisanship, the worst part of gridlock.”

“There are some in Congress right now who would rather see their opponents lose than American win,” Obama said. “And that's got to stop.

“We're supposed to all be on the same team. Especially during tough times,” he said.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) quickly fired back at the president.

"President Obama likes to talk about being ‘the adult in the room’ – but there’s nothing ‘adult’ about political grandstanding," Boehner said in a statement.

As he did in the waning days of the debt fight, Obama urged the audience to write their members of Congress to urge them to “stop sending out press releases” and instead vote on legislation Obama said would immediately start creating jobs.

In discussing the recent decision by S&P to downgrade the United States' credit rating from AAA to AA, Obama said the trouble “could have been entirely avoided if there had been a willingness in Congress to compromise.”

“It was a self-inflicted wound,” Obama said.

The S&P downgrade added new uncertainties to the economy and has increased volatility on financial markets.

Earlier in the week, stocks plunged as Obama tried to reassure voters on the economy. The visuals were better Thursday, with the Dow Jones up more than 400 points as cable news carried the president’s remarks from Michigan.

The gridlock and the political circus that caused uncertainty and led to the credit rating downgrade are why people have turned against Washington, Obama said.

“That's why people are frustrated,” Obama said. “Maybe you hear it in my voice. It's why I'm frustrated. Because you deserve better.”

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